Cote d’Ivoire’s men and Mali’s women win FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup 2018

LOME (FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup 2018) – Cote d’Ivoire’s men and Mali’s women struck gold in the 2nd edition of the FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup in Lomé, Togo on November 9-11, 2018.

2017 runner-ups Cote d’Ivoire dominated the men’s competition with a perfect 5-0 record, including a one-sided 14-6 affair in the final against Uganda.  Their go-to-guy Cheick Traore had already made the Team of the Tournament last year. He was named MVP of the competition this season.

Uganda’s Tony Drileba and men’s top scorer Abdul Yahaya (Nigeria) – who guided Nigeria to bronze –  joined Traore in the men’s Team of the Tournament.

In the women’s category, Mali went back to back after defeating the Democratic Republic of Congo in the final (19-13).  At just 21 years of age, their top scorer Djeneba Ndiaye (Mali) was named MVP of the tournament.

She was joined in the team of the tournament by Ginette Mfutila  (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Elise Afetse, who led hosts Togo to the bronze medal. 

In the shoot-out contest, N’Faly Kanoute added a second gold medal for Mali. Two women took home the other 2 medals: Sarah Ageno won silver for Uganda and Rana Abdelfattah struck bronze for Egypt.

FIBA Vice-President and FIBA Africa President Hamane Niang attended the games in Lomé.

FINAL STANDINGS

MEN
1. Cote d’Ivoire 
2. Uganda
3. Nigeria
4. Dem. Rep. of Congo
5. Mali
6. Egypt
7. Togo
8. Madagascar
9. Burkina Faso
10. Cape Verde
11. Mauritania
12. Benin

WOMEN
1. Mali
2. Dem.Rep. of Congo
3. Togo
4. Nigeria
5. Uganda 
6. Benin
7. Niger
8. Cape Verde
9. Egypt
10. Cote d’Ivoire
11. Burkina Faso
12. Ghana

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ABOUT FIBA 3×3

Exciting, urban and innovative, 3×3 is inspired several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court. 

It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3×3 World Tour (www.fiba.basketball/3x3worldtour) and national-team FIBA 3×3 World & Continental Cups. On June 9, 2017, 3×3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Credit ; FIBA

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